Card Scanner Recovered From Stroud Cash Point

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Card Scanner Recovered From Stroud Cash Point

Police are urging customers who may have used a cashpoint at Sainsbury's in the Dudbridge area of Stroud to check their banks statements closely after officers seized a card-scanning machine from the ATM.

The scanner was found at around 4.35pm yesterday, Wednesday, April 19 but it is not known how long it was attached to the cashpoint for.

Officers are currently investigating the offence but would urge people to check their bank accounts for any unusual activity if they have used the cashpoint recently, and especially if they used it yesterday.

People may not have noticed anything different about the machine or experienced any problems in using it, but it is often only when unauthorised withdrawls are made from accounts that the offence comes to light.

"If anyone suspects that such a device is being used, or their card has been retained by the ATM, first of all look closely at the card slot and make sure it is part of the machine," said Paul Francis, Crime Reduction Officer for Gloucestershire Constabulary.

"If you notice anything unusual on the card slot, leave it on the machine, do not use it and report it to the bank, if it is open, and to the police immediately. The offenders are likely to be quite close by.

"When using a cash point always make sure no one is looking over your shoulder and that no one is hanging around near the machine."

Anyone with any information about the card reader or who may have any information on the offenders, or who thinks they have become a victim of card fraud after using the machine, is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 0845 090 1234 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 363 of April 19.

Posted : 20/04/2006 16:24:13

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